Good Morning. Imperial Pacific International got yet another reprieve this week after a federal court granted a temporary restraining order preventing a hearing that was scheduled to decide whether to revoke its license. In today’s Face-to-Face, we talk with Democratic legislator Tina Sablan about the next steps. She says it’s time to reevaluate whether casinos are needed, or even viable on Saipan, especially as the CNMI is believed to be on China’s blacklist of countries targeting its residents for gambling. 

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Tina Sablan, CNMI

CNMI needs to re-evaluate casino tourism policy after IPI fiasco, legislator says

It’s time for The Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands to re-evaluate its tourism policy to decide whether it really wants a casino industry after the “mess” created by Imperial Pacific, says Democratic Party legislator Tina Sablan. IPI earlier this week won another reprieve after a federal court granted a temporary restraining order that prevented the local regulator from holding a hearing to decide whether to revoke the company’s monopoly license. Sablan tells us about the next steps and why she’s concerned about the viability of casinos on Saipan.

Your Daily Asia Gaming eBrief: Time to rethink Saipan's casinos